Hoaxsters dupe crowd with bogus HUD announcement
(As reported in the NOLA Times-Picayune Updates for 8.28.06)
Two members of the Yes Men, a group of environmental and corporate ethics activists, duped business executives and some news organizations earlier today when they posed as top HUD officials and announced the agency planned to renovate several housing developments now slated for demolition.
One of the men said they set up the hoax after receiving an e-mail solicitation from Equity International -- the group staging the conference -- in search of conference speakers. They responded by saying HUD secretary Alfonso Jackson would like to speak, after which Jackson was placed in the conference lineup after Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Mayor Ray Nagin....
I always think it is interesting when the "Yes Men" (and women) are able to get the message out that should be instead of what is. And that it generally makes a lot more sense to most people - than the official plan of action.